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Pro-independence protests in Jayapura against New York Agreement end in clashes
Sindo News – August 15, 2017
A peaceful rally by thousands of protesters from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Waena Abepura, Jayapura, rejecting the August 15, 1962 New York Agreement and demanding the right to self-determination Papua has ended in a clash.

100s arrested as police and reactionary groups block protests against New York Agreement
Suara Papua – August 15, 2017
As many as 100 people were arrested by police when the Papua Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) held peaceful demonstrations in several cities across Java.

Hundreds of activists arrested in three cities during rallies against New York Agreement
Tabloid Jubi – August 15, 2017
At least 100 people from the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) were arrested in Yogyakarta, Semarang and Jakarta during commemorations to mark the 55th anniversary of the New York Agreement.

Max Lane: After independence, where to now for Indonesia?
Suara.com – August 13, 2017
Max Lane, the author of the new book Indonesia is not Present on this Earth of Mankind (Indonesia Tidak Hadir di Bumi Indonesia) has criticised Indonesians for being unable to envisage a future for their own country.

Solidarity actions around the country slam Deiyai shooting, militarism
Arah Juang – August 10, 2017
Indonesian youth and Papuan students have protested in several cities condemning the fatal shootings in Deiyai, West Papua. The Deiyai shootings occurred on August 1 when a joint unit of Mobile Brigade (Brimob) paramilitary police shot into a crowed of civilians in Oneibo village, South Tigi, Deiyai. One person was killed and scores were injured.

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RNZ undeterred by Indonesian protest over Papua coverage
Radio New Zealand International – August 17, 2017
New Zealand's public broadcaster says a protest in Indonesia won't deter it from covering West Papua.

Pacific church endorses self-determination in region
Radio New Zealand International – August 17, 2017
Pacific churches have come out in support of West Papuan self-determination while endorsing the referenda planned for New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea's Bougainville.

Indonesian democracy: from stagnation to regression?
The Strategist (ASPI) – August 17, 2017
For much of the past decade, observers have praised Indonesian democracy. Elections have been competitive, the country boasts a vibrant civil society, and the press enjoys far more freedom than in most Asian states.

Umbrella Movement's Joshua Wong sentenced to six months' jail for illegal assembly
Sydney Morning Herald – August 17, 2017
Joshua Wong, the school boy who led Hong Kong's youth to protest for greater democracy and occupy city streets for months in 2014 has been jailed for six months.

Timor-Leste parties struggle to form government
UCA News – August 16, 2017
Three weeks after its parliamentary election, Asia's most Catholic nation Timor-Leste remains leaderless and could be heading for a minority government.

Duterte inspired by 'Petrus' – Wiranto
Inquirer.net - August 16, 2017
Summary execution-style killings between 1982 and 1985, known locally as penembakan misterius (mysterious shootings), or Petrus, were infamous as a means of bringing down crime rates in the country during the dictatorial regime of former president Soeharto.

Life is about choices, Djarot tells low-cost apartment residents
Jakarta Post – August 16, 2017
As thousands of low-cost apartment residents have yet to pay rent as of today, Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat has told them that, if they want to continue living in the apartments, they must pay the required fees.

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Indonesia: Serious violations of human rights in Papua should be investigated
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement – August 17, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) urges the Indonesian Authorities to ensure that cases of human rights violations that occurred in Papua must be investigated properly, under fair trial principles and the Rule of Law.

Indonesia: At least 60 killed as police shootings of drug suspects skyrocket
Amnesty International Statement – August 16, 2017
The number of police killings of suspected drug dealers has skyrocketed in Indonesia this year, an alarming rise which signals that authorities could be looking to emulate the murderous "war on drugs" in neighbouring Philippines, Amnesty International said today.

Lest we forget the day of broken promises, the New York Agreement
Australia West Papua Association Media release – August 14, 2017
55 years ago on the 15 August in 1962 an agreement was signed between the Republic of Indonesia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands concerning West New Guinea.

Indonesia: Security Forces forcibly terminated Workshop on 1965 massacre
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – August 14, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the committee of International People's Tribunal (IPT) in Klender, East Jakarta city, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Indonesia: Alleged brutal shooting and violence by the Paniai Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) in Papua
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – August 2, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from our local partner in Papua Province. It speaks about an alleged brutal shooting and violence committed by the Paniai Police Mobie Brigade.

U.S. Congress supports Timor-Leste's right to a fair maritime boundary with Australia
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network Statement – August 1, 2017
The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) lauded the U.S. House of Representatives for urging a fair resolution to the maritime boundary dispute between Australia and Timor-Leste.

Indonesia: 'Religious rights' bill would harm minorities
Human Rights Watch Statement – July 20, 2017
The misnamed religious rights bill is nothing less than a repackaging of highly toxic regulations against religious minorities in Indonesia.

Legal Aid Foundation statement on new social organisation law
Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation – July 12, 2017
The following is a joint statement by the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) and 15 Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) offices across Indonesia on the recently enacted Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) Number 2/2017 on Social Organisations.

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News, in-depth reports and analysis focusing on political developments in the Asia Pacific region.

Indonesia: Distinguishing piety and fundamentalism in Indonesian Muslims
New Mandala – August 17, 2017
Much existing commentary on supposed conservative trends in Indonesian Islam, either in media or opinion pieces, tends to forget the distinction between identity and behaviour.

East Timor: In Timor-Leste, more power-sharing likely but election hard to pick
Asia Pacific Report – July 20, 2017
Twenty-one parties will contest 65 parliamentary seats and decide who governs Timor-Leste in national elections this Saturday.

Indonesia: Constitutional Court lets local governments off the leash
Indonesia at Melbourne – July 4, 2017
Decentralisation reforms enacted following the fall of Soeharto gave local governments unprecedented powers to govern their own affairs, including by issuing bylaws, commonly called perda (peraturan daerah).

Indonesia: Identity politics: mobilising religious sentiment in democratic Indonesia
Indonesia at Melbourne – June 14, 2017
More than any other previous Indonesian election, the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election saw candidates playing with identity politics to attract votes.

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Protest in support of Papuan independence ends in clashes, arrests
Jakarta Globe – August 16, 2017
A march in support of Papuan independence in Central Jakarta on Tuesday afternoon (15/08) ended with the arrest of several protesters and allegations of police brutality.

Thai activist jailed for more than two years after posting anti-royal BBC article on Facebook
Reuters – August 16, 2017
A Thai student activist has been jailed for more than two years for posting a BBC article deemed offensive to Thailand's King on Facebook, his lawyer said.

Protests in Indonesian cities mark New York Agreement on Papua
Radio New Zealand International – August 15, 2017
Protests have been held in several cities in Indonesia to mark the anniversary of the agreement which sealed West Papua's incorporation into the republic.

Human Rights Watch calls for more international scrutiny of West Papua
Radio New Zealand International – August 14, 2017
Human Rights Watch in Indonesia is calling for more international scrutiny of the country's Papuan provinces.

No end to violence in Papua?
Indonesia at Melbourne – August 14, 2017
Reports about the shooting of an indigenous Papuan by police officers early this month in Deiyai district, Papua, have renewed focus on how human rights abuses by security officials in the region remain unaddressed by the government of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

55 dead in Indonesia's war on drugs with 'shoot-on-sight' policy
Straits Times – August 14, 2017
Raid, shoot, kill and repeat. Indonesia is replicating the harsh and unprecedented war on drugs launched by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in a bid to clamp down on widespread drug trafficking.

Suharto museum celebrates dictator's life, omitting dark chapters
New York Times – August 13, 2017
Indonesia's former dictator looms in bronze over the entrance to the small museum set amid the palm trees and emerald rice fields of central Java.

Timor-Leste heading towards minority, but stable, government
Deakin Speaking – August 11, 2017
Although unlikely to be formalized before 22 August, the shape of Timor-Leste's next government is starting to become clear. It appears that Fretilin, as the 'most voted' party, will form a minority government, probably in alliance with the 'youth' party, KHUNTO. This alliance will give the government 27 seats in the 65 seat parliament.

More evidence of British complicity in East Timor invasion emerges
Independent Australia – August 11, 2017
Archival documents show the British Government – like Australia and the U.S. – actively assisted Indonesia cover up crimes against humanity in East Timor. Dr Adam Henry reports.

Junta use Yingluk's rice policy as an excuse to destroy elected politicians
Ugly Truth Thailand – August 11, 2017
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the junta and the kangaroo courts in Thailand are using the court case against former Prime Minister Yingluk to destroy the Pua Thai Party and elected politicians close to Taksin. Yingluk is facing a court case over the rice price guarantee scheme which was introduced when she was in office.

1965 Indonesian massacre: Survivors fear being caught up in Government's Islamist crackdown
ABC Radio Australia – August 11, 2017
There are growing concerns in Indonesia the equivalent of a presidential decree used to ban hard-line Islamists could also be used to silence survivors of the 1965 massacre that saw the slaughter of an estimated half a million people.

Union federation accuses Freeport of treating 'fired' Indonesia mine workers 'with contempt'
Reuters – August 11, 2017
IndustriALL Global Union, a federation of labor unions, said the Indonesian unit of copper miner Freeport McMoRan and metal smelter Smelting had treated "fired" workers "inhumanely and with contempt", urging both to reinstate staff and contractors.

Students the next target of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs
Sydney Morning Herald – August 11, 2017
Students at Philippine schools, colleges and universities will be drug tested under President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drugs crackdown in a move critics say could threaten their safety and right to education.

Myanmar preparing to crush 'militants' in Rakhine
Sydney Morning Herald – August 11, 2017
The Myanmar government has air-dropped hundreds of troops into the country's strife-torn western Rakhine state in preparation to crush accused Muslim rebels and insurgents, according to several reliable sources.

NZ government rejects calls for 'public, unequivocal' stand for West Papua
Asia Pacific Report = August 10, 2017
New Zealand's Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has dismissed a call for the government to make a stand and address the ongoing human rights situation in West Papua.

Government plans to ban other 'anti-Pancasila' groups
Jakarta Post – August 10, 2017
Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has said that his ministry is coordinating with the police and regional administrations to disband more mass organizations considered against the state ideology Pancasila.

Jokowi's political prisoner problem
New Mandala – August 9, 2017
The Indonesian government has been doing something remarkable over the past year with its political prisoners in Papua and West Papua provinces: Releasing them.

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